London, 9 November 2011 – Southall Travel celebrates another landmark achievement by making it to the renowned Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table of Britain's leading mid-market private companies with the biggest sales. The 7th Annual Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 awards dinner was held on the 13th October at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London.
The dinner was attended by owners and directors of country's leading mid-market private companies including Aston Martin, Bet365, Center Parcs, Pret A Manger, Berry Brothers, Graff Diamonds, Republic and Warburtons. Mr. Jaymin Borkhatria, Director of Sales, Southall Travel represented the company at the event and collected the award.
Ian Henley, head of Corporate and Structured Banking at HSBC (title sponsor of the league table), and Mo Merali, partner and head of private equity at Grant Thornton (league table sponsor for the second time) welcomed the guests at the gala occasion.
Southall Travel has made it to the influential list for the second consecutive year. It ranked 141 in the list, up from 148 last year with sales of £243 million for the year ending March 2011, compared to £203 million the previous year.
Southall Travel is one of the ten companies from the travel and tourism sector that found a place in this year's Sunday Times Top Track 250. Gatwick Airport, Center Parcs, Lotus Group, Travelodge and Holiday Extras are some other travel-related businesses that are awarded a listing in the prestigious league.
Southall Travel's Managing Director Kuljinder Bahia expressed his delight on the development and emphasized on the company's strong relationship with its suppliers as well as clients.
Mr. Bahia said, "I'm extremely proud to be one of the very few travel agents to make the list and it is a great accolade for us. I'm thankful for our strong relationship with our suppliers and to our customers, many of whom book with us time and time again.”
"The economy means trading continues to be difficult for the whole industry but we have a talented team in place and we continue to invest in new technology, broadening our product range and call centre productivity.”
The companies on the Top Track 250 league table account for 5% of UK GDP.
Notes to Editors
Southall Travel is one of the leading travel agencies in the UK and serves thousands of travellers every day. The company is renowned to churn out some of the best deals in terms of flights and hotel packages to world wide destinations with high degree of expertise in holiday packages and cheap flights to India, Indian Ocean, Far-East and Middle East destinations. Southall Travel also operates a wholesale division, The Holiday Team and a corporate division, Applehouse Travel.
Southall Travel's efficient and a highly user friendly website, http://www.southalltravel.co.uk is an important segment of the company's business. The ‘verisign secured' and ‘securitymetrics' certified website is highly popular among holidaymakers and is visited by hordes of travellers every day assisting them in their quest for cheap flights and hotel bookings. Travellers can also find a great deal of relevant and valuable air travel information on the portal. Southall Travel is certified by ABTA, IATA and ATOL, and enjoys great credibility and popularity.